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Giveaway – Tickets To Nick Cave’s 20000 Days On Earth

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Hey friends! I know you all have excellent taste in music (and film) so you should be as excited about this giveaway as I am.

Nick Cave’s pseudo documentary is playing until Sunday night at The Royal in Toronto, and thanks to TIFF Midnight Madness programmer extraordinaire, Colin Geddes (who also programmed this screening), I have a couple pairs of tickets to give out.

To win, just check out the schedule here, and email me with your name and which night you would like to attend.

Winners will be contacted via the email by Friday.

Check out the trailer below:

Lisa

Today’s Quote – Nora

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Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.

Lisa

A Look Inside My Workday With My Tablet

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I’ve already covered the many reasons why I love my new Intel tablet back in August, but it’s time for a quick update.

Above you can see what my day looks like at the office of a client I’m working on social media strategy with. You can also see my far too expensive salted caramel mocha habit, damn you Starbucks!

As I noted before, I used to have to drag around my giant heavy laptop on days like this, when I’m working in the office. Those days are now a distant memory, thankfully. My back is in glorious recovery from that pain.

My Asus tablet still runs like a charm, holds a charge all day, and it no longer disconnects from the keyboard if moved too much (like when I’m typing on my lap in bed). It has settled into itself quite beautifully.

When I’m home, lately I find myself using the tablet more than my work laptop because it is so small and convenient, and there’s nothing I can’t do with it. I have even gotten used to the smaller keyboard and can easily write my freelance articles in Microsoft Word without noticing too much of a difference.

My typical workday goes a little something like this:

  • Checking and answering the myriad of emails I somehow receive before I wake up.
  • Sharing a new blogpost and a couple articles I find interesting.
  • Writing an article or two for the websites I freelance for in the AM.
  • Heading to a clients office or an editorial meeting after lunch, with my tablet in my purse.
  • Working on it until the end of day with my coffee close by.
  • Buying some dinner on my way home (still working on that whole cooking thing some people manage to do with ease).
  • Heading home where I will answer more emails and try to write some more – but more likely will watch episodes of The Mindy Project or whatever has been recommended to me lately (what up, The League.)

Speaking of learning to cook, I’ve been pulling up simple recipes from sites like Fresh Canteen on my tablet while I attempt to finally learn this skill.

I can leave the tablet on the counter or kitchen table with the ingredients and instructions on the screen in full view for easy access while I fumble around the kitchen trying not to mess anything up. It is incredibly convenient and saves me printing the recipe out. But more on my cooking adventures later.

That is essentially what my average day looks like trying to balance writing, blogging and social media clients while running around the city. Thank god for tiny, useful tablet computers.

I’m required to disclose the relationship between my site and Intel Canada. While this item was gifted to me for review, all opinions are my own.

Lisa

Sonic Boom Moves To Spadina This Weekend

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Received this news in my inbox, and since it’s my favourite Toronto record store, figured you all should know so you can give them a warm welcome to the ‘hood. Couldn’t be happier to have them here – now I really have very few reasons left to travel north of College St.

On Saturday, September 27, Sonic Boom Records opens the doors at its new home in the historic Robertson Building at 215 Spadina Avenue, just north of Queen St West, in Toronto. Any music fan knows the perils of moving a record collection; in Sonic Boom’s case they’ll be hauling over 75,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs and 20,000 DVDs to its new Spadina location.

Previously located in the Honest Ed’s building, the move comes after the news that the Mirvish Village has been sold and will be redeveloped. While they could have remained in the Annex location for a few more years, Sonic Boom owner Jeffrey Barber fell in love with the space in the Robertson Building and decided to seize the opportunity. “The location is incredible, the size is nearly the same as our current location and the building itself is absolutely beautiful. It really is going to be the same old Sonic Boom, just in a much nicer space.”

While saddened to be leaving the neighbourhood they have called home for the last 13 years, Barber is very excited to have found a space so close to Queen Street. “I’ve noticed Spadina has really been changing in the last few years- cool bars, nice restaurants, tons of foot traffic. I believe Sonic Boom is going to be a great fit in this area. And hey, we’re actually still really close to the Annex, so we hope our local friends keep in touch!”

Lisa

Tanya Tagaq – Caribou

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Well, by now you should know that Tanya Tagaq took home the Polaris Prize this year.

She wasn’t who I wanted to win, but that’s only because – to put it mildly – I didn’t get it. I didn’t give myself time to get it.

Her music is the kind that needs to be witnessed. Experienced. Just listening to the tracks at home didn’t appeal to me. It was too feral. Too scary. Too dark. I thought to myself, “I don’t really enjoy listening to someone howl and grunt their way through a song.”

But of course, that’s the point. The album is called Animism after all.

I’ve never been shy to admit I get stuck in lyric driven music far too often, which can sometimes lead to closing myself off to other genres.

And that is why the Polaris Prize is such a great thing. Not because it gives awards to music – as last years winners Godspeed felt the need to point out isn’t that amazing of a thing to do – but because it shines a light on music you might not otherwise take a chance on.

The fact that an aboriginal artist finally took home the prize is a big deal. As many pointed out, with this being the 9th Polaris, it is long overdue. And I’m glad it went to an artist whose music is so visceral, so honest, so unapologetic and in your face about her roots and her culture.

If you watched her stunning performance before she took home the award, you’ll know it went to the right artist. With names of all the missing aboriginal women currently out there scrolling behind her, and a choir backing up her throat singing, you’d be inhuman not to feel something – too many things – watching it. This is music from the gut. It is all emotion. Overwhelming emotion. Try not to tear up.

This is music that skips right past your head (where lyrics live) and goes to the root of how it feels to be alive. There’s no filter. No need to overanalyze as humans so often do. It is raw and angry and passionate. It is sound in its purest form.

Her vocal abilities capture all the sounds of life, from birth to death and everything in between. I’ve never seen anything like it, and that is why it so deservedly won. Being truly original is such a rare thing in music these days.

If you are new to the unique music she makes as I was, start with her cover of the Pixies “Caribou” below or here if the stream stops working. It’ll ease you into the brilliance of what she does, without scaring you away if you’re unfamiliar with the raw nature of throat singing.

Lisa